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Cinnamon apples in a bowl of oatmeal

Easy Sautéed Cinnamon Apples

Happy fall back Sunday! I hope you all took advantage of that extra hour today. Maybe you got up earlier and were productive, or you took advantage of the extra hour and slept in. I took advantage of that extra hour and slept in, and I don’t have any guilt about it. I look forward to this day all year!

Lemon chicken in baking dish

Baked Lemon Chicken Breasts

So, I’ve got some BIG news to share! I gave notice to my big corporate job and I’m going to dive back into this blog and this space, and see where it takes me. I’m going to play with life a bit and prioritize things that bring me joy, and this blog and connecting with you all brings me great JOY!

Butternut squash soup in bowl

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Happy New Year Peeps! I’m back with a new recipe! Vegan butternut squash soup! We’re day two into this new year and I have to tell you that I’m feeling excited, grateful and hopeful! I’m also feeling like I can do anything I set my intention and heart to! I turned 50 this past summer and realized there are a lot of things that I want to do in these next 50 plus years. I want to PLAY more, SHARE more, SPREAD more JOY and POSITIVITY!

Chicken Enchilada Bake

If you’re a fan of Mexican, then this chicken enchilada bake is going to become a staple in your house. It was rated a 10-plus in my house, and is totally going on the monthly dinner rotation. YAY! I’m so happy that I found something new to make my kids for dinner instead of the same old same old.  

2 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Magic Shell

Hey, it’s Monday and Monday’s are not the easiest for anyone. Monday’s should be fun, because it’s the start of a new week, a new day, so, I’ve decided to change your Monday around and post a fun treat and create a bit of magic for you all.  You all remember magic shell right? It’s the chocolate stuff that instantly hardens when poured over ice cream. It’s pretty awesome, and not only loved by the kids, but loved by me as well!

Simple Homemade Coconut Milk

For those of you that are allergic to nuts and dairy, but still want milk for your cereal or coffee, coconut milk is a tasty option to try. Making your own coconut milk is super easy, and requires only 2 ingredients to make it – UNSWEETNED SHREDDED COCONUT AND WATER, plus a touch of vanilla to sweeten it a bit!

2-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Sugar Whipped Cream

This chocolate mousse is one of our favorite desserts, and we actually call this Zoe’s mousse because she’s the one who makes it all of the time. Well, actually Zoe’s the one who originally found this recipe years ago in a William-Sonoma kids cookbook. I first featured this chocolate mousse recipe back in 2012 (wow, so many years ago) in a series I was starting up called, “cooking with kids.” It was a series where Zoe and her peeps would make a kid friendly recipe, take photos and then  write and put the post together. We did 2 posts in the series, one featuring this chocolate mousse and another one featuring, easy 2-ingredient homemade dark magic shell. After that, Zoe got busy with life and school, and the series sort of ended. I would love to bring the series back, because I would love to have more recipes on the blog that kids can make on their own (with parent supervision of course).

Quick and easy guacamole

Quick and Easy Guacamole

I’ve recently taught a few small cooking classes/demos and come to the realization that a lot of my local readers and friends are on the lookout for simple, tasty, easy, no-fuss recipes to add to their repertoire. Recipes that I think are simple and not exactly blog post worthy, are really what most people want to make, and have time to make. I’ve always assumed that everyone had a go-to guacamole recipe, knew how to make brown rice, or de-stem kale, but I’ve come to realize that not everyone knows these things, and most of the time will not admit it.

The best oven baked crispy chicken

The Best Oven Baked Crispy Chicken

These drumsticks/thighs are finger licking awesome, not good, but awesome and that’s why I’m calling them the best oven baked crispy chicken!  If you’re a fan of chicken, then you need to make this ASAP!

Blood orange smoothie

Blood Orange Smoothie

Smoothies are a year round thing in my house, not as much with Zoe, but Eli and his peeps love them! It can be cold and pouring out and Eli and his peeps will still want a smoothie. That’s why I always keep a batch of frozen bananas and some fresh or frozen fruit on hand, so when the troops come home, I’m ready to go!

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